Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spring (Spiritual) Cleaning

It's Spring Cleaning Time!!! We often associate spring cleaning with tidying up and removing items that we don't need nor desire to carry into the next season of our lives. I encourage you to do a thorough SPIRITUAL CLEANSING in this season of your life. Take inventory of relationships, friendships, careers, family members, and circumstances that you encounter on a daily basis and determine are they needs or wants and if their time of access has run its course. Label each person in your life according to the position  and purpose they serve and name them honestly.  Genesis 2:20 says, "So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him." Every person that you have allowed to have access into your life should serve a purpose and position. Who are the cattle, birds, and the beasts in your life? 
(Cattle) friends don't require much from you, they give of themselves freely, easy to maintain relationship with and they are willing to go to the chopping block with or for you. 
(Bird) friends are meek and humble people who don't mind being in the background of your success. They are willing to help you build privately and they are preservers.
(Beast) friends are all about themselves and what you can do to further their agenda. They take from you and are busy bodies who seek to feast off of your work and worth.

As you go forth in your spiritual cleansing, don't take short cuts and do it from a professional-not personal perspective. Good luck to you and remember the secret ingredient to ensuring that you don't miss any spots is prayer-it works every time!!!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"How Are You....Really???"

We often go through our seasons and days without analyzing our physical and well-being. When people ask us how we are doing, some say "Blessed and Highly Favored," others say "I'm good and you"-if the truth were told, we often don't feel blessed nor highly favored nor are "we good." Not only are we at fault, those who ask are as well because they naturally assume that we are going to say all is well. What do you say when things aren't good and you don't feel well....meditate on this notion and see what you come up with:) We have to always be prepared to have a word for the words of others. As Sons and Daughters of the King, we have a spiritual obligation to encourage ourselves and others in the Lord. We should always have a word hidden in our hearts for those we may encounter. The reality is, we are all going through one thing or another and stability is a non-renewable resource for most, however we have to stay focused, keep moving, and encouraging ourselves in the Lord. God didn't promise us that things would always come together, but He did assure us that all things will work together (Romans 8:28). Whatever situation or circumstance you may find yourself in or leaving, know that the impossible is possible and God will test you to show you how He uses impossible situations to prove to us that He is a possible God! The next time someone asks you how you are, feel and deal with your emotions and be honest:) You can't go forth until you feel and deal with your inner being:) Be blessed and encouraged!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

"Are You Celebrated Or Tolerated......."

May is my favorite month of the entire year and (yes it's because it's my birthday month) and also we have the opportunity  to celebrate milestones, new blessings, graduations, and Mother's Day. May is month 5 and 5 is the spiritual number that represents grace and mercy. No matter where we are in our current lives, we all need some grace and mercy to carry us through the good and the bad times! As we go and grow forth in May, let us reflect on the dreams we have placed in the very back of our hearts and on the plans that God has for our lives. Always remember, God's plans are planned. We often attend other folks' celebrations in May and honor those who have cultivated us, but I encourage those who encourage others to walk by faith and not by fright! Pray and seek God for understanding on the steps He desires for you to take in this new season of your life. As you lean not on your own understanding, pay attention to the things that God is bringing to your attention to give you an understanding. Are you celebrated or simply tolerated by those in your circle, family, relationships, marriages, etc...If people can't appreciate your worth and the work that God is doing in you and through you, it's time to re-examine. Rejuvenation ain't never hurt anyone nor has growth. It's about time for you to start celebrating yourself and those around you to do the same. We know people by the fruits they bare, check the insides of folks and watch closely as they unravel.  Going forth requires that you peel back levels and devils who don't have your best interests. Don't be afraid to walk forth into your purpose and as people fall back, you continue to go forth. Don't stay anywhere that you are only tolerated and not celebrated. Be blessed and encouraged!